Germany vs. Iceland Live Football Score 25 Mar 2021
With Bayern Munich on hiatus, Germany will face-off with Iceland in a FIFA World Cup qualifier for Group J.
The Germans should be a the favorite here, but things have not always been so great of late under manager Joachim Löw. With a few injuries and not a lot of defensive quality or depth, there are no sure things during this qualifying round.
Let’s take a look at who’s in and who’s out.
If you missed the roster release, the graphic below will give you an idea of the player pool that Germany is working with:
Germany, however, has already been hit by the injury bug as it has lost the following players:
- Niklas Süle (muscle strain)
- Toni Kroos (adductor)
- Robin Gosens (muscle injury)
So, where does Löw go from here?
Honestly, it is impossible to tell. Like…I can’t even guess what formation the outgoing manager will use. Because of that, I took a look at three potential formations (plus a bonus formation of what I would try if I was filling out the lineup card) using a number of different players.
To Win to Nil – Germany
Being the clear favorite, this pick shouldn’t come as a surprise. Iceland has never won against the German squad, and historically they’ve managed to score a single goal in 4 fixtures in the past. Germany keeping the clean sheet here is the natural thing to come.
Win Both Halves – Germany
Looking back through Germany’s last games, it’s obvious that Joachim Löw’s men waste no time getting on the scoreboard. Their last 5 wins have resulted in goals in both halves, and the Iceland line-up shouldn’t complicate things too much. The odds of 11/10 bring great value to this bet.
Over 2.5 Germany Goals
Playing against lesser-ranked sides, Germany can often be seen smashing goal after goal. In their last 10 games, this pick has only failed against some of the top teams in the world including Spain and Argentine, but also Switzerland and Ukraine. This is still a dicey bet, so manage risk accordingly.
How both squads match-up
These two sides have rarely faced each other, with the last such occurrence being in the 2003 UEFA European Championship. Germany won the tie 3-0 on aggregate, but too much time has passed to be able to judge based on these matches.
Taking a look through Germany’s most recent games – 6 in 2020, Löw’s side fails to impress – 2 wins, 3 draws, and a 6-0 loss to Spain. To add salt to the injury, the thumping by Spain was their most recent match result. Despite these statistics, keep in mind that the German squad is one of the highest skilled and most consistent out there.
On the other hand, Iceland’s statistics look even grimmer. The team coached by Arnar Viðarsson is on a 5 matches loss streak with a goal tally of 3-13. To be fair, their Nations League group including England and Belgium was ruthless, but Germany wouldn’t be any more pleasing. After all this remains a rather one-sided fixture.